MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


 Senate Inquiry – Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015. Submissions due 16 April.

Telcos reveal new piracy code. Overview of the Copyright Notice Scheme Code lodged for registration.  | IT News |

Canada: The Copyright Notice flood: what to consider if you receive a copyright infringement notification.  | Michael Geist |

In New Zealand, a legal battle looms over streaming TV. | Computerworld |

ISPs ordered to hand over customer details to Dallas Buyers Club. | IT News |

Village Roadshow wants to work with ISPs instead of suing movie pirates. | The Age |

Foxtel downplays importance of ruling: sending letters to pirates ‘isn’t efficient or good for consumers’. | Mumbrella |

Owner of film rights in Dallas Buyers Club has identified over 500 Internet users in Singapore. | Singapore Law Watch |

‘The Numbers Game’  – How the big studios began using piracy to measure success: Ramon Lobato & Julian Thomas | Inside Story |

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Commonwealth Bank funds defamation action against consumer advocate. | SMH |

Very interesting overview of recent issues & problems in defamation law: From McLibel to e-Libel. | J C Gibson |

Criminalising disclosure -> Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law on the risk to press freedom posed by section 35P of ASIO Act:

You wouldn’t read about it: Adrian Bayley rape trials expose flaw in suppression orders. | The Conversation |

Privacy & information security

Refused asylum seekers face personal data disclosure by Immigration Department. | The Guardian |

US: Want to see domestic spying’s future? Follow the drug war. | Wired |

Status of data retention in the EU following the CJEU ruling – update April 2015. | Open Rights Group |

Meet the privacy activists who spy on the surveillance industry. | Fusion |

Drug Enforcement Agency sued over bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. | The Guardian |

Expert report led by CDT finds that Australian surveillance violates human rights. | CDT |

The security paradox: individual privacy versus digital driftnets. | The Conversation |

Life insurance that comes with a Fitbit monitor, and discounts if you share health data and keep fit. | New York Times |  

Your Invisible Boyfriend is not a bot. It’s a rotating cast of crowdsourced workers, getting paid 5 cents to text you. | Fusion |

Is your lawyer smarter than IBM’s Watson? | IT News |

Social media

Periscope and Meerkat, the Apps where life is but a stream. | SMH |

UK: Leave a digital legacy after your death, urges Law Society. | Lsaw Society |

I followed my stolen iPhone across the world, became a celebrity in China, and found a friend for life. | Buzzfeed |

Facebook tracks all visitors, even if you’re not a user and opted out. | Ars Technica |

Many, many Facebook users still don’t know that their news feeds are filtered by an algorithm. | Fusion |

15 April 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Industry warns site blocking could have unintended consequences: Highlight need to avoid ASIC blunder. | IT News |  

 Senate Inquiry – Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015. Submissions due 16 April.

Lawsuit over the price of ‘Happy Birthday’ inches forward. | Billboard |

Ireland: UPC ordered to install ‘three strikes’ anti-piracy system. | Independent IE |

How Netflix is trying to make Australians drop their VPNs. | ZDNet |  

EU announces plans to banish geo-blocking, modernize copyright law.  | Ars Technica |

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

How the Adrian Baylely suppression order forced the reprinting of our new media law book. | JournLaw |

The Age abandons potential defence to Helen Liu defamation action to protect confidential sources. | SMH |

UK HM Revenue & Customs whistleblower illegally investigated using counter-terrorism powers. | The Guardian |

In Turkey, anchorwoman faces a decade in jail for tweet. | Sunday’s Zaman |

Data retention: ‘journalist information warrants’ are warrants in name only. | The Guardian |

Journalist Peter Greste delivers blunt message to politicians on detention centre secrecy. | SMH |

Privacy & information security

PSO breached “data security” for a laugh, documents reveal. | The Courier |

FBI used to recommend encryption. Now they want to ban it. | The Guardian |

New data world order: government can read every Australian like an open book. | The Guardian |

2500 metadata ‘cops’ to search phone and internet records. | SMH |

Human Rights Council creates mandate of Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy.  | OHCRC |

Stolen Uber customer accounts are for sale on the dark web for $1. | Motherboard |

Privacy Commissioner accepts enforceable undertaking to enhance information security at Optus. | OAIC |

“For privacy is not only a personal right, but a collective good—a cornerstone of democracy”, writes David Cole. | The Nation |

Welcome to the Manila Intermediary Liability Principles! | CIS |

“The number of WhatsApp messages sent every day now exceeds the number of standard texts.” What’s Up? | The Economist |

Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops. | The Register |

Social media

On social media & professional identity: “This is not just a post about Instagram”. | Thesis Whisperer | 

Vietnam: Communist Party leaders struggle over social media.  | Global Voices |

“Twitter puts trillions of tweets up for sale to data miners”… even police involved in crowd control. | The Guardian |

29 March 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Can you copyright a feeling? The Blurred Lines case shows there’s something wrong with copyright. | The Conversation |  

US $7.4m Blurred Lines verdict beats high mark of $5.4m that Michael Bolton paid for infringing Isley Brothers’ song. | The Hollywood Reporter |  

More copyright trolls rushing in to take advantage of Canadian notice system loopholes. | Techdirt |

UK: Sky will hand over customer data in movie piracy case. | Torrentfreak |

RIAA + MPAA are pressuring ICANN to force registrars to suspend domains over “copyright abuse complaints”. | Washington Post |

US: Piracy lawsuits dominated by just three movie companies. | Torrentfreak | 

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Malcolm Turnbull puts plan for media ownership reform on PM’s desk. | The Guardian |

Treasurer for wail. | The Saturday Paper |

 defamation case: Federal Court won forum shopping case, but why, and how? | The Social Litigator |

Travels with my censor. | The New Yorker |

Australia’s first Instagram defamation case? Bikini Girl v Banana Girl. | The Daily Mail | 

Parliamentary inquiry into access to journalists’ communications data Submissions due 2 April. Report 4 June.

Whistleblowers who revealed child abuse on Nauru being investigated by AFP. | The Guardian | 

Privacy & information security

EU Commission says it will not propose a new data retention law. | Reuters |

Post-Snowden Parliamentary inquiry calls for tighter safeguards on spooks’ access to “metadata”. | The Register |

Half a million communications data access requests authorised in UK last year. | The Guardian |

Dutch court suspends mandatory data retention laws. | ZDNet |

Victory in Paraguay as harmful data retention bill rejected. | Access |  

Bulgaria’s Constitutional Court scraps data retention provisions. | Sofia Globe |

“Dragnet surveillance programs make ensuring attorney-client privilege difficult if not impossible”. | NACDL |  

Australian lawmakers can’t use phones, will vote on data retention. | ZDNet | 

What ‘safeguards’ are in Australia’s data retention laws? | The Conversation |

Data retention laws will hurt big business whistle blowers. | SMH |

Updated overview of the EU & data retention laws. | MsLods |

Data retention is also a data creation scheme in Australia. | MsLods |

Secret Snowden documents show Canadian agency suffers from “information overload” because it collects “too much data”. | The Intercept |  

Your mother’s maiden name has been a ‘security question’ since 1882. | Fusion |

We are citizens, not mere physical masses of data for harvesting. | The Guardian |

NSA call records program didn’t stop a single terrorist attack. | Common Dreams |

U.K. Parliament says banning Tor is unacceptable and impossible. | Daily Dot |

Drone owners register called for by House of Lords. | BBC |

North Korean rebels hope to topple Kim Jong-un by smuggling in USB drives packed with foreign TV shows and movies. | Wired |

Life as mobile telco in Afghanistan. | ZDNet | 

Social media

‘s presentation on Social Media in Academic Practice:

Facebook has closed a Hobart child sex offender’s account after a boast about attack. | The Mercury |  

Senate passes law to fine web giants over online bullying. | IT News |

In case where Twitter stood up for users’ privacy, judge reverses ground and quashes subpoena. | Public Citizen|  

NSW Premier Mike Baird tried to make a viral video, ended up infringing copyright instead. | Junkee | 


15 March 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


iiNet, DBC 3-week wait on piracy ruling. | IT News |

Brandis snubbed consumer groups, ISPs in piracy debate. | ZDNet |

Losing cultural treasures under the TPP. | Public Address |

Draft Copyright Notice Industry Scheme Code. | Communications Alliance |

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Brandis still aiming to abolish Office of Australian Information Commissioner (responsible for FOI). | Open and Shut |  

A Whistleblower’s Horror Story. | Rolling Stone |

Swiss journalists who used covert filming win press freedom judgment. | The Guardian |

China will start censoring online usernames this Sunday. | Techinasia |

Bugging revelations stun journalists as inquiry unfolds. | SMH |

The Google effect: ICAC suppresses identity of witness. | SMH |

UK government to rush through guidelines to stop police snooping of journalists. | Guardian |

Privacy & information security

Canada’s spy agency collects & stores millions of Canadian’s emails to the government. | CBC |

UK admits unlawfully monitoring legally privileged communications. | The Guardian |

Dutch court urged to strike down national data retention law. | Jurist |

Snowden factor: report laments exposure of mass surveillance schemes. | Computerworld |

Data retention costs: government is treating us like mugs. | SMH |

Retain our privacy, not our data. | ABC Drum |

Telcos question data retention plans that exclude Skype, Facebook and Gmail. | The Guardian |

Stop monkeying around with our metadata laws, Prime Minister. | ZDNet |

A list of current legal challenges to UK’s surveillance regime. | Bureau of Investigative Journalism |

You had one job, Lenovo. | Slate |

Australia’s war on terror hampered by incompatible IT systems. | ZDNet |

Big data ethics is a board-level issue. | ZDNet |

Who do we blame when a robot threatens to kill people? | Fusion |

Why we need a right to privacy for brain data. | Gizmodo |

Watch ‘Noah’, the short film that inspired Modern Family’s i-phone filmed episode. | Fusion |

Social media

Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon & other celebs are revealing their locations when they post photos on Instagram. | Fusion |

What happens to your Facebook account when you die? | Crikey |

In privacy update,  Reddit tightens restrictions on nude photos. | New York Times |

Stop the tweets: Australia commits $18M to monitor social media. | ZDNet |

The Snapchat and the platypus. | Medium |

Meet the tweet-deleters. | Fusion |

26 February 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


A guide to the Trans Pacific Partnership. | PC Mag Australia |  

YouTube flags cat purring as copyright infringing music. | TorrentFreak |  

Bid to shut Sunshine Coast’s former Ettamogah Pub for alleged copyright breaches. | Brisbane Times |

EFF responds to USTR bullying the world to repeat our copyright mistakes. | EFF |

The Internet created Left Shark, not Katy Perry. | The Verge |

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Gina Rinehart makes court bid for copy of Channel Nine’s House of Hancock. |Brisbane Times |

David Carr, media equation columnist for The Times, is dead at 58. | New York Times | 

Australian anti-terror laws summarised for media law students. | JournLaw  |

Anti-halal campaigner sued for defamation  over claims Islamic certification supports terrorism. | The Guardian |

Greste release is welcome, as would be a free media in Australia: Mark Pearson. | JournLaw |  

Privacy & information security

Data retention hinges on Labor’s support, writes Josh Taylor. | ZDNet |  

There is no “meta”. | Future Wise |

Watch: Video of the panel with Ed Snowden, Laura Poitras & Glenn Greenwald moderated by David Carr (RIP)  

Laura Poitras on Citizenfour, Ed Snowden and whistleblowers.  | The Guardian |

Anyone who makes you choose between privacy and security wants you to have neither: Cory Doctorow. | Boing Boing |  

In historic ruling, U.K. surveillance secrecy declared unlawful. | The Intercept |  

Australian police bugged journalists, each other, & allegedly even their own commissioner. | Vice News | 

How do we pay for privacy? | Cryptography Engineering |

Australian police seize 3D-printed gun parts and knuckle dusters in raid. | CNET Australia | 

We dream about drones, said 13-year-old Yemeni before his death in a CIA strike. | The Guardian |  

Police could stream drone data direct to AFP network. | Computerworld |

Australia government ploughs ahead with eSafety commissioner plans. | ZDNet |

France can now block suspected terrorism websites without a court order. | The Verge |  

Where the internet lives: the artist who snooped on Google’s data farm. | The Guardian |  

Kashmir Hill turned CAPS ON for a week and everyone hated it. | The Fusion |

Social media

Twitter’s latest transparency report: Continuing our fight for more transparency. | Twitter |

Millions of Facebook users have no idea they are using the Internet. | Quartz |

Prisons are punishing inmates who use Facebook with decades in solitary confinement. | The Fusion |

5 facts about online video for YouTube’s 10th birthday. | Pew Research |

Facebook now offers a profile will for when you die. | Gigaom |

Jon Ronson on Twitter shamings:  How one stupid tweet blew up Justine Sacco’s life.| New York Times Magazine |


13 February 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Negotiators burn their last opportunity to salvage the TPP by caving on copyright term extension. | EFF |

After Sony hacking, MPAA considers major changes. | New York Times |

Anti-piracy advocate Roadshow beefs up political donations. | ZDNet |

Major labels keep 73% of Spotify premium payouts. | Music Business Worldwide |

‘FAIR: Freedom of Access to Information & Resources’ library advocacy campaign launches. Check out & follow

Katy Perry’s lawyers demanding take-down of a 3D-printable left shark. | Gigaom |

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Whistleblower John Kiriakou, only person jailed over CIA torture program, is out of prison. | Boing Boing |

Tasmania drops plans to let corporations sue protestors for defamation. | The Guardian |

Outgoing Australian Press Council chair Julian Disney levels criticism at media practices. | ABC |  

UK: ‘Vexatious’, ‘annoying’ and disruptive, Press Gazette barred by MET from asking more RIPA questions.  | Press Gazette |

Privacy & information security

In historic ruling, U.K. surveillance secrecy declared unlawful. | The Intercept |  

Government wants metadata laws by March. | The Age |

Examples of how data retention will impact on everyday Australians. | Crikey |

Data retention: too many unknowns, too many unanswered questions. | The Guardian |.  (by me)

Gmail, Facebook, Skype excluded from Australian data retention regime. | ZDNet |

Sharing images and not caring. | NZ Privacy Commissioner |  

White House to mandate deletion of irrelevant private data collected by surveillance agencies. | The Verge |  

Stop equating women in tech with engineers. | Medium |

US: The federal government could be taking pictures of you in your car. | Fusion |

“The intelligence agencies are living in a golden age of surveillance.” — PGP creator Phil Zimmermann. | The Guardian |

Hi-tech fashion redefines the meaning of revealing clothing. | New York Times |

All my blogs are dead. | The Awl |

How the Internet has made social change easy to organize, hard to win. | TED |

Social media

Facebook faces fight in Europe over new privacy  policy. | Gigaom |

Twitter reaches deal to show tweets in Google search results. | Bloomberg |

What happened when I confronted my cruellest troll. | The Guardian |

Stupid tricks with promoted tweets. | Medium |

Twitter CEO admits cyber bullying poses threat to revenue growth”. |  ABC – The World Today | 

7 February 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology